The God of Abraham, Isaac and... Islam?

At one point in my life, I didn't give much thought to different details in the Bible... everyone else seemed to overlook them, so they weren't brought to my attention. I was in the middle of a Bible study one day and was reading Genesis. I absently scanned the story of Abraham and God's promise to give him a son from which many nations would be born. Well, as we all know, Abraham had some "faith" issues and took matters into his own hands; consequently, he slept with his wife's maidservant, Hagar. She got pregnant and bore him a son, albeit illegitimate.

God finally caused Sara to become pregnant (when Ishmael was thirteen) and it all got a little messy. Sara was infuriated and jealous, as any wife would be, and insisted Abraham send Hagar and her son away... because Isaac was Abraham's legitimate son (whatever that means... I mean, c'mon... they're all actually his, no matter who he's married to) and she didn't want Isaac to share his inheritance with the little bastard, Ishmael.

Abraham was beside himself because, after all, Ishmael was his son. He's like, "God, what do I do?" So, God saw his conundrum and said, "Ok, go ahead and send Hagar and Ishmael away. Don't worry though. I'll protect both of them and give Ishmael my blessing, too."

In front of me, I have the NIV. This verse can be found in Genesis 17:19-22

" 19 Then God said, "Yes, but your wife Sarah will bear you a son, and you will call him Isaac. d]">[d] I will establish my covenant with him as an everlasting covenant for his descendants after him. 20
And as for Ishmael, I have heard you: I will surely bless him; I will
make him fruitful and will greatly increase his numbers. He will be the
father of twelve rulers, and I will make him into a great nation.
21 But my covenant I will establish with Isaac, whom Sarah will bear to you by this time next year." 22 When he had finished speaking with Abraham, God went up from him. "

If anyone knows the roots of Islam, you know this is the split between Judaism and Islam. Any Muslim will be proud to point it out with no fear of reprisal. They even acknowledge Jesus, though perhaps with a different perspective. In any case... the point is this:

God is the God of Jews, Christians, and... yes... Muslims. It's right there in your handy-dandy Bible if you want to look it up. Read all of Genesis 16 and then pay special attention to Genesis 17:19-22. They were promised all the same things as Isaac's descendants. Why didn't God punish Abraham for losing faith and disobeying? Would you really want someone like him heading up a campaign for a new nation? I guess I just thought that "faith" was the ultimate qualifier... and yet the father of the three major religions screwed up quite a lot. Go figure.

Anyway, this little bit of information doesn't necessarily say anything about God himself as much as it says that we're at war with a religion that comes from the same background and the followers, in reality, worship the very same God.

Chew on that.

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Comment by MightyMateo on March 18, 2009 at 2:18am
Yeah, I think it is really silly how small the differences really are, they all adopt most of the same beliefs. You not only have these three branching off but you also have all of the different sects of these religions as well, it's really pithy if you step back and look at why they consider themselves so different and so right.
Comment by Misty: Baytheist Living! on March 19, 2009 at 7:06am
I figured most people were aware of this fact. I was brought up Christian and knew where Islam came from.
Comment by Kirstin on March 20, 2009 at 4:47am
Good blog post Cara83

One thing I have found out is that one can not assume to much about someone (as in they are usually dumb) :P
Comment by Cara Coleen on March 20, 2009 at 1:36pm
You're right, Misty... I think most people do know the roots of Islam. I was brought up Christian, too. The ATTITUDE, however (that I've noticed anyway) is that somehow Judaism is the true religion and Islam just thinks it is. Most people either don't know or have conveniently overlooked the fact that GOD PROMISED TO BLESS THEM/Islam. My mom acts like they worship a false god when it's really the same one... and actually no different from the one the Jews worship because of the promise God made to both nations.

If you're a Christian, you think both Judaism and Islam have it wrong... but more respect is paid to Judaism. That's just not right... not that it matters to me anyway because I think they all worship dieties not much better (if any better at all) than the Greek gods. Most of the foundations of Christianity are derived from Greek mythology... but that's another convenient oversight.

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